A/N: I have already read the previous chapter and I know there are a couple of mistakes like the chapter title. The real title is Nerv is Back. I didn't have anything to do this weekend so I spent my time writing.

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Chapter 5: Married with Metal 1

Misato, Asuka, Shinji, and Toji headed for the Nerv command center.

'I can't believe I just said yes to Misato. I can't believe I will pilot that freaking Eva who almost took everything from me again.' Asuka thought while walking. The trip to the command center was very silent.

'I'm going to pilot the Eva again…' Toji sighed. 'God, at least this time there's five of us.'

'Unit 01, again. Are there really more Angels that will attack Tokyo? How many this time?' Shinji thought. 'And Rei… where did they found her? Where was she all this time?'

"We are here." Misato opened the door. It was the command center. There, the three saw the familiar faces who guided them in every mission. Also, there stood two figures of which the one in skirt they recognized as Rei. The other, surely, was a boy. The two figures approached them.

"Welcome, Ikari, Soryu, Suzuhara." Rei greeted in her usual polite way.

"Kaworu?" Shinji's eyes widened as he looked at the other boy.

"No Shinji. That's Adrian Yuiichio. He is from Britain. Her mother is half Japanese, half British and his father is pure Japanese. I know he really looks like Kaworu but he is not him." Adrian smiled at Shinji gleefully. "He is the 6th child."

"Oh, sorry I – I didn't know. You just –" Shinji blushed and was totally embarrassed. Adrian just smiled at him.

"You're a bluff, third child." Asuka ridiculed him and turned to Ayanami and raised an eyebrow. "So, wondergirl's really alive, huh."

"Soryu I have a name." Rei said in a calm tone.

"Enough, you two." Misato said. "Get your plug suits on Shinji, Asuka. We're going to fight this angel now."

"Okay, okay."

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Asuka woke up in the hospital 3 days after the last angel attacked. That was that. Of course, Shinji was able to save the day as he usually did every time an angel attacks. She glanced at the ceiling blankly looking for reasons. 'Why does it always end up this way?' she thought. 'Why does he always save me? I hate him! Sie sind dumm!'

Before she knew it, he was already there, beside her in his school uniform.

"Hello, Asuka. How are you?" That voice that simply annoyed her. "Misato said she'll be treating us out later." He smiled at her while she just stared at him. "I'll be back later to pick you up! Take care!"

He waved goodbye to her and left. He didn't wait for any of her response. She didn't even say a word to him, not even hello or goodbye. There were many things that are blurred to her, many things she has to say. And even if she hated him so much, there's something deep inside her that makes her feel somewhat different whenever she's with him.

At school

"Okay, goodbye class. Dismissed!" Everyone cheered for joy. Finally, the everlasting story of their professor has come to an end.

Toji approached his friend Shinji who was staring blankly at his bag on the table.

"Hey! What's up?" Toji asked. "I heard Adrian and Rei are starting next week." Shinji nodded and packed his bag.

"I'm worried… about Asuka I mean." Shinji stood up.

"What? I didn't catch that one." Toji scratched his head while Shinji glanced at his watch.

"I have to go. I have to pick up Asuka. Misato promised to take us out and give us some treat."

"Say what!" Toji jumped in his surprise. "Why didn't she invite us all?" He crossed his arms across his chest and wore an angry face.

"H-hey! Calm down. Misato said that it was only for me and Asuka. You and the otherswill help cleaning up our old apartment and transfer to the bigger room. She also said she'll treat the rest of you after us."

"Oh…" Toji sighed. "Okay then, I can wait. You go ahead, you don't want to keep the evil girl waiting." Shinji smiled and soon left.

At the hospital

"Let me carry those." Shinji got some of Asuka's bags.

"Don't treat me like a child!" Asuka handed all of her luggage to Shinji. "But I guess you should carry those."

"Uh, okay." Shinji almost tripped over. Asuka's bags were heavy and there were five. "We'll be going to Nerv."

"Nerv!" Asuka shouted in disbelief. "She's going to treat us there! How is that possible? Are there any restaurants there!"

"I don't know, too." Shinji was still trying to balance the entire luggage in his thin hands.

"You just don't know anything," Asuka started for the door. "Let's go."

"Uh, okay."

At Nerv

"So early…" Misato sipped from her cup of hot coffee. "Well, that's what they say, better early than late." Misato laughed.

"Do you mean 'better late than never'?" Shinji questioned.

"You better explain, and hurry! I want to sleep!" Asuka was now irritated.

"Okay, okay." Misato stood up from her comfortable seat. "I'll just give you words of wisdom. Follow me." Shinji and Asuka sighed and followed her to a big dark room.

"Where are we, Misato?" Shinji went closer to Asuka and accidentally stepped on her foot.

"Ouch! Watch it, dumb ass!" Asuka massaged her foot. Shinji continued to walk and unintentionally tripped over Asuka who was massaging her foot.

"AAAAHHHHH!" Both screamed. The lights were turned on. Misato checked the two. Shinji was on top Asuka. Both teens turned red.

"Get off me, you pervert!" Asuka ordered. Shinji did as he was told and her stand up.

There were many floating figures covered in white curtains. "These are the angels. Angels of the first impact, second impact, and the first of the third impact."

"So what's the big deal?" The German girl asked. She was bored at this.

"You mean there are different angels for every impact?" Shinji added.

'Arrrrgghh! They're ignoring me again!' Asuka thought.

"Yes, correct. This is what we really came for. You see, the angels of the third impact are stronger than the angels of the first and second impacts. For example, the first angel of the third impact interacted with Asuka's mind so it got control of her Eva." Misato explained.

"Are you trying to warn us?" Shinji asked, looking at the curtain-covered angels that surrounded them.

"Yes." Misato nodded. "You must be strong enough to fight no matter what. Don't let the angels manipulate your minds."

Asuka gave herself a tour inside. She found a big transparent container of liquefied metal. "Misato, what's this?" She touched the tank.

"Don't! Asuka!"

The surface surrounding the tank vanished. Asuka almost fell but Shinji caught her just in time. Misato rushed to them.

"What's happening to my—I mean our hands!" Shinji pulled her up from the cliff. His and her hands were turning metal. "Let go third child!" It was too late. Both their hands, Shinji's right and Asuka's left hand were bound together by the previously liquid metal that transformed into handcuff-like metal rings, each opening containing their hands. Only, it was tight, very tight. "Hey! What happened here? You did this, Shinji!"

"I didn't!" Shinji protested.

"It's too late. You can't let go of each other. You see, that metal handcuffs are specially designed to restrain the angels." Misato pushed a button beside her and one of the curtains fell. Asuka and Shinji saw the angel hung to a cross, both arms were handcuffed by the same metal that handcuffed them. "it's a technology developed by Nerv."

"What!" The two pilots shouted. "Does that mean that we're stuck together like this!"

With an evil grin, Misato nodded.

"But there's a way to get out of this handcuffs, right?" Asuka asked, hoping for some hope.

"I believe. But we haven't figured that out." Misato replied.

"What! You've been using that technology for decades but still you don't know how to undo it? That's stupidity!" Asuka was already panicking.

"Calm down. We have tried the gigantic guns and lasers of the Evas… and they worked." Misato said with a smile.

"Oh no, you're not! We're small so don't use that method. You might burn our hands with it!" Asuka said.

"Of course not. I'll command a research team to work on that, so don't worry." Misato was trying to calm them down.

"For how many days?" Shinji was panicking now.

"Days? God, you might be kidding me. You know, a research as complicated as that may take months, or even years."

"What?" The two looked as if it just rained on them.

"You have another option." Misato said, giggling.

"Options! I love options!" Asuka's eyes widened. "I'll do anything!"

Misato exploded in laughter. "We can cut your hands." Misato continued laughing.

"Nooo!" The two shouted. "Never mind. Erase that option!"

"Very well, then. Let's go home." Misato suggested.

"Home! We can't show up like this at home!" Asuka dragged their handcuffed hands close to Misato's face.

"Ouch! Asuka, be careful with that." Shinji complained.

"Shut up, third child!" Asuka turned to face Misato. "Misato we can't!"

"Do you have anywhere else to go, huh? You can't stay at Hikari's or else you'll have to bring him with you."

Asuka thought for a while then lowered her head. "Okay, you won. Let's go."

"Agreed." Misato smiled.

At Katsuragi apartment

"Good job!" Misato congratulated. Everything was perfectly put in place and shining. Rei was still dusting the furnitures. Adrian cooked dinner and Toji rushed from the cellar.

"Where's Shinji and evil girl?" Toji asked.

"They're still outside. But I bet they'll be in after smelling that wonderful dish by Adrian."

Outside

"Don't act stupid. Don't try anything stupid." Asuka warned.

"I won't" Shinji said with a serious face. "Let's go." The two looked at the door for a while, took a deep breath then entered.

"Well here they are." Misato said as she sat down on a chair at the table.

"That's weird. What are you hiding at the devil's back, Shinji? Come on, don't get naughty." Toji seized Shinji's arm, revealing their tied up hands. "So……. You're handcuffed. Is this the treat Misato gave you? Maybe you got so naughty that's why you two were punished. After what you two did when your guardian was gone." Toji shook his head in disappointment.

Shinji and Asuka were turning red. Asuka's anger was all filled up with Toji.

SMACK!

"AAAAWWWW! OUCH! What did you do that for!" Toji shouted in pain.

"You just shut up, Suzuhara! Gee, that felt good." Asuka was relieved.

"Hey! Why won't we eat first. Adrian cooked something for us." Misato said, trying to suppress the war.

"Yeah, let's eat." Shinji dragged Asuka to the table.

Toji, on the other hand, can't help the call of his stomach for food so he followed them to the table. Soon, Adrian and Rei were there, too. The dinner was perfectly peaceful.

After a few minutes

"I'm done." Asuka stood up and walked, dragging along Shinji who was still eating.

"H-hey! I'm not yet done!" Shinji shouted, trying to reach for his seat.

"Aaarrrgghh! Alright! I'll stay but eat faster!" Asuka commanded, sitting next to Shinji. "I won't wait that long."

"Don't forget, it's Shinji's turn for the dishes." Misato reminded, holding back a laugh.

"What?" Asuka's eyes widened.

"I'll take his place then." Adrian suggested with a smile.

"Thank you sixth child." Asuka said, letting out a yawn.

"Are you sure you want this?" Misato asked.

"Of course." He smiled again.

"I'll help you." Rei offered.

"Oooohhh… I think wondergirl's got a crush on our new guy." Asuka teased.

"Let's get this over with, Yuiichio." Rei gathered all the plates, ignoring Asuka. Adrian nodded in agreement.

"Goodnight everyone. I want all of you in bed after cleaning." Misato sounded like a real mother.

"Come on, Shinji." Asuka dragged Shinji to her room.

Inside Asuka's new room

"How are we going to sleep here, Asuka?" Shinji asked. It was clean but there was only one single-sized bed.

"Hmm… I didn't think of that. Let's think first." Asuka replied, placing a hand on her chin. "Wait, I have to change first. This dress is uncomfortable. Turn back, Shinji. Even if you've already seen me almost naked, that doesn't mean that that will happen again. Don't look and keep your hand away from me."

"How am I supposed to take my hand away from you? We're already handcuffed together." Shinji said as he turned back.

"Shut up, I don't need your explanation." Asuka pushed her dress down. "Don't look, Shinji! I'm warning you!"

Outside

"Rei?" Adrian was washing the dishes while Rei was wiping the table clean.

"Yes?" Rei replied, continuing on the table.

"You've piloted the Eva many times, right?" He asked. "I mean, how does it feel?"

Rei stopped and approached Adrian who shook in fear. She looked at him straight in the eyes. "You don't have to ask me. People… people have their own beliefs so I may say it feels great but you may say the opposite."

"Uh, umm… okay." Adrian was blushing. "Sorry if I asked." He said as he continued to work.

'That sounded like Ikari…' Rei thought.

Inside Asuka's room

Asuka was already sleeping, facing Shinji. They both decided to sleep on the floor with mattress on it. Both were facing each other. Shinji was listening to his SDAT while looking at the peaceful Asuka lying beside him. A moment later, there were a few drops of tears on her cheeks.

"Mama… don't leave me… mama…" Asuka murmured in her sleep. Shinji suddenly pitied the girl in front of him. Slowly, Asuka closed in and hugged him. Asuka's scent was really good. Shinji was startled at first, but he wrapped his other arm on her back.

'I'll always be here beside you…' Shinji thought as he drifted off to sleep.